IT HAS BEEN 4 years that the the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CDRRMC) formerly the City Disaster Coordinating Council (CDCC) formulated the contingency plan for disaster preparedness, thus the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) IX ordered to revisit the plan and strictly adhere
“With the current situation, there were few members of the council who knew their roles in case a calamity will happen, Lingating said. “The commitments as promised by their respective chiefs of offices should be relayed to their successors to effectively implement the said plan,” Lingating added.
Lingating said the plan was used by some cities in the country as model in the implementation of disaster preparedness.
In related development, OCD Regional Director Adriano D. Fuego said there is a need to appraise the CDRRMC on the approved IRR of RA 1021 which provides that local government units (LGUs) use their calamity funds beyond the previous cap of five percent based on their internal revenue allotment (IRA).
It may be recalled that former Pres. Arroyo signed last May 27, 2010, RA 10121 otherwise known as the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act which basically shifts the focus from disaster response and recovery towards disaster risk reduction, preparedness and mitigation.
Fuego, who praised the members of the 14th Congress for approving the said law lectured on its salient features to include the use of calamity funds by the LGUs beyond the five percent of its IRA for disaster reduction, preparedness and mitigation. With the recent law, the LGUs can now use their calamity fund even without disaster, Fuego explained. “Unlike before, LGUs had the difficulty of using the fund”, Fuego said, saying that funds can be used only when disaster happens.
“Previously, 30% of the calamity funds was used for the preparedness, mitigation, prevention and rehabilitation efforts while 70% was used for the response but now it is reversed, 70% will be used for preparedness and mitigation, and 30% for the response”, Fuego concluded.